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Johannes speaking at the GAELA/FELCA open presentation, ahead of StudyTravel Alphe UK in September.
Education South Africa announce board amid sector recovery

English language school association Education South Africa (EduSA) has confirmed its Executive Committee (ExCo) for the 2017/18 year, amid further signs of recovery for the country's ELT sector.

Incumbent Chairperson, Johannes Kraus of Kurus English, was unanimously re-elected, commencing his fourth year in the role, while Philip McIntyre of Good Hope Studies was voted as Vice-Chair and will also continue to look after the financial requirements of the association.

 

Ryan Peters of Language Teaching Centre continues as EduSA Secretary, while Trish Cooper of Wits Language School takes on the membership and quality assurance portfolio.

 

Two newly elected ExCo members were: Vivi van Ketel from Avenue English, who will represent EduSA in the Gauteng province; and Patricia Barker, who will take care of accreditation with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Additionally, Shaun Fitzhenry of Bay Language Institute, a former Chair of the association, will represent the Eastern Cape province as a co-opted member of the ExCo.

 

Torrique Borges of LAL and Luanne McCullum from Interlink have left the committee and were thanked for their contributions over previous years.

 

Johannes said that South Africa's recovery, which commenced in 2016, was gathering pace, with the previous year already surpassed by the third quarter of 2017, according to the association's member data.

           

"We can confidently say that the visa crisis in South Africa is over. Student bookings look very positive and we have made crucial headway with our government accreditation," said Johannes.

 

"EduSA will continue its joint marketing efforts in  2018 by promoting South Africa as a unique and diverse EFL destination."

 

In EduSA's 2016 full-year data, member schools recorded an increase of 19 per cent in student numbers, going some way towards compensating for the heavy losses of the previous year, which the association attributed to the government's stance that language study was not a valid course for a study permit. EduSA entered into an interim agreement with the government that will see member schools working towards accreditation and government recognition.

           

Johannes added that the association was looking forward to the first ICEF South Africa workshop in May 2018. "Having such an important marketing event in South Africa  is a major step for the EFL industry and clearly shows its growing global recognition."

 

 

By Matthew Knott

News Editor